About the Exhibition
Each year PAAM mounts upwards of 6 members’ exhibitions in which participants display their work alongside some of America’s most noteworthy artists.
Members’ Exhibitions at PAAM represent the work of contemporary artist-members of the PAAM community. Many of these artists live on Cape Cod either full-time or for part of the year. While the work varies greatly in media and approach, each artist-member joins a long roster of distinguished artists who have studied, taught, and exhibited at PAAM over the past 100 years. There is no submission fee for members’ exhibitions, but membership must be up to date.
From the Curator
I have spent my professional career as a curator of historical exhibits, where the story has already been defined. For most of my adult life I have also spent part of every summer in Provincetown, falling in love with its beauty and light and the art that beauty and light inspires so many to create. I was both honored and intimidated when asked to curate this members’ show. Honored because I admire and respect the talent, hard work and courage it takes to create and share; intimidated because I myself do not feel I have any particular talent as an artist, nor expertise as an art critic. How to judge? How to choose?
When I walked into the gallery space on jury day, chock-full with submissions of every shape, size, style and medium (and all special in their own way, that much was immediately clear), I knew I had my work cut out for me. It was a very slow and agonizing start. But eventually, as I spent time with each individual piece and then started to think about the relationships the pieces had to each other, a few themes emerged which helped me to focus and decide. The gallery’s walls also helped to define the size and scope of the show; if only I had been given three more rooms to work with!
Thank you to all who submitted for allowing me to spend a day amongst so many extraordinary things.